Hair products are one of those things I love using and trying out, but tend to forget to write reviews about. I think the main reason is that pictures rarely convey the full story. The value of most hair products is in how it makes your hair feel or work. Does it detangle easily, or does it feel greasy and weighed down. While greasy can show up in photos, the sensory elements are sometimes hard to convey. (Incidentally, none of the links in the below post are affiliate links, I just took them from the website to link to the products I’m talking about.This is in no way a sponsored post.)
This is especially true with something like one of my all-time favorite leave in conditioning balms, Mistress by IGK (retail $29). It is described on the product page as…
Be the one they envy. This innovative leave-in conditioning balm melts into lengths and instantly boosts hydration. IGK Mistress features a feather-light formula that detangles and smooths hair, leaving desirable radiance and workability.
And I have to say, this product meets its claims. I have thick and long hair. At the moment it is much longer than I planned for it to be. I kept putting off a salon appointment and now I am going to be putting it off even longer. It makes it more imperative (in my book) to keep my hair as healthy looking as possible.
I suspect I’ll have to lop off the ends in self-defense at some point, but I am trying to put that point off as long as possible. This leave in conditioner really helps with that. Just a little dab and I am good to go. It has the scent of a high end hair salon (which oddly enough produces a rather calming effect on me. I think it is because I relax at the salon when someone else is dealing with my hair.) My hair becomes less frizzy, with fewer flyaways and it is soft and shiny without feeling weighed down.
In photos on the sites they always have such nice before and after photos. I tried taking them and because my hair is so heavy, you just see a few less flyaways, nothing more. I think if my hair were lighter then you’d see more of a change. Mostly I just look like cousin it when you take a photo from behind.
The real benefit is that my hair feels like silk when I use the Mistress leave in conditioner.
Because I liked the Mistress so much I was very interested in trying out other IGK products. Luckily for me two of them came to me via subscription boxes. The first of these products was the IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo (retail $27).
I will say, I am a big fan of dry shampoo. More so since I started working out regularly. My hair does not do well being washed everyday. But I also can’t tolerate it when it is greasy. Dry shampoos, when they work, are an excellent solution for me on the in between days. I have tried a lot of them and let me tell you, they are not all created equal. So which one would the First Class be? Would it live up to the standard set by Mistress or would it fall flat? First let’s look at the claims.
This heavy-duty charcoal dry shampoo allows you to go even longer between washes, even after workouts. Detoxifying charcoal powder lifts dirt and build up while absorbing oil and sweat. Cooling, calming white tea powder calms scalp and strengthens hair follicles.
I found this to be an interesting dry shampoo and a bit different from the others I’ve tried. It is like an industrial strength dry shampoo. If you are just skipping a day between washings and want to take out a little bit of oil and maybe build in a little bit of volume, this isn’t for you. If you just worked your butt off cycling under the hot sun over the monster hills in your neighborhood and come home drenched with sweat, your hair dripping as though you did just get out of the shower, this could be your new best friend. Although make sure your hair is dry before using it, or it will clump a little.
If you are using it on really greasy hair, it is a wonder in a can. The greasier the hair, the better this works. But again, it is sort of industrial strength. If you have only a little oil, pick another product for the day. There is a little bit of a white cast, but it is easily brushed out. I have dark hair and had no problems with quickly brushing out the white. I will say it also doesn’t give you the itchy scalp that some other dry shampoos can give you . I don’t know if I’m the only one with that problem, but I find that in many dry shampoos if I use them on the inbetween day then the next morning my scalp is really itchy. Not all, just some. This didn’t have that problem at all.
If you are looking for volume, then this product may give you some, but it is incidental. It is mostly a byproduct of spraying an aerated product into your hair. It is designed to take down a lot of grease in your hair and that is what it does. I find the scent lightly pleasant and really not that noticeable. It has a similar just at the salon scent as Mistress. I like this product, but it is not one of my steady products. It is one that I keep in reserve for the times I really need it. Every couple of weeks I’ll find myself reaching for it, not every other day. When I do, I am really glad it is there.
The third product in my IGK trilogy is the Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray (retail $32). It is described as being…
A heat-protective blowout spray that mimics the smooth, frizz-free results of a keratin treatment. 100% agreed their hair looked like they got a keratin treatment at a salon.
I’ll admit, I’ve never gotten a keratin treatment at a salon. So on that, I’ll have to take their word for it. I will say that using a heat protectant spray is something I use anytime I use any heat on my hair. I will also say that it smells exactly like a spirulina mask I’ve used in the past.
So I’m guessing it just smells of spirulina.
I will say I tried using Good Behavior with both a leave in conditioner and without. I actually tried several leave in conditioners (Mistress included). I generally find that if I am going to use the Good Behavior spray, it is best that I leave off the leave in conditioners. It is simply too much product.
The Good Behavior has some of the same elements of the better leave in conditioners. It smooths down frizz and leaves hair silky smooth and healthy looking as well as protecting it against damaging heat. So adding a leave in conditioner is just too much.
Personally I like that. I like that I can use a leave in conditioner when I know I am going to just let my hair air dry and then do nothing to it, and that I can switch to the Good Behavior when I am going to use heat to either dry or style.
I also really like this product. It is just as good as Mistress and one that I am happy to have on hand. With extra conditioners and heat protectant spray I am less worried about the ends of my hair looking completely raggedy by the time salons start opening and I actually feel comfortable going to them. (I suspect they will open long before I feel comfortable going to them but we shall see.) I know at some point the ends will bother me enough that I have to look into cutting my own hair instead of just tying it back, but the longer I can put that day off, the happier I will be.
I some how expect me cutting my own hair will be a comedy of errors and a much more severe cut than I planned.
Incidentally, while I am not an affiliate of IGK and get nothing from them, I did poke around on their site to get the official product information and I noticed that they are currently having a sale. It is on their shampoos and conditioners and is a buy one get one 50% off and (according to the banner) runs through May 10th, 2020. Their banner kept rotating so there were other products featured, it was just the shampoo one I caught. I’m certain other products are on sale as well, I just didn’t see the details.
I haven’t actually tried their shampoo or conditioner, but as I have liked every other product I’ve tried of theirs, I might have to look into giving it a try. The shampoo I am currently using is very much a dud and I’m going to have to restock soon anyway. (I’ll be posting a shampoo review next week.)
So there you have my take on three products from IGK. As a reminder I have long and relatively thick hair. While there is some slight natural curl to it, the weight of it actually pulls it straight. I mostly get odd waves at strange times. It is color treated, mostly because I am getting a strange poof of gray at the top of my head, but otherwise there are no special considerations for my hair (other than an attempt to ward off split ends). So if you are looking into these products (or any other products I mention for that matter), remember to take your own hair type into consideration. I know my mom and I have opposite hair. Anything that works for me, doesn’t work for her and if her hair loves it, mine will absolutely hate the product.Which is useful in its own way too. I find it just as important to know what won’t work for me as I do what will. I hope everyone out there is taking care of their locks as well as the rest of them.